Southern Utah is home to four of the most well known National Parks, each with its own special magic and unique attractions. Zion National Park is famous for its soaring red Navajo Sandstone cliffs. Nearby Bryce Canyon is a testimonial to the erosive power of ice and rainwater, carving its colorful limestone into windows, fins, and soaring spires called hoodoos. Capitol Reef is a monument to the amazing power of uplift. Goblin Valley State Park demonstrates just how bizarre rocks shaped by erosion can get and also the magic of slot canyons. And Arches National Park lives up to its name with over two thousand sandstone arches of all shapes and sizes. While we need to drive between parks (on some of the most scenic highways you will ever have the pleasure to drive on), this is not primarily a driving trip. We will hike between 2 and 4 hours every day and see each park as only hikers can. On this trip we extend a special invitation to anyone who prefers an option for leisurely shorter hikes with more time for other activities. Maximum group size: 10
We have rated this trip as a 2 and a 3 because of the choice of a longer and shorter hike on most days. Any healthy, active woman can be comfortable on the shorter hikes; women who want to do the longer hikes should exercise regularly prior to the trip. If you chose to do that longer hikes, a rating of 3 requires aerobic conditioning, such as walking vigorously up hills, jogging, or stair stepping for 30 - 45 minutes at least 3 - 4 times a week. If you are looking for a trip in this area with longer hikes, look at Hiking the Grand Staircase or Hiking Utah's National Parks Rating: 1 2 3 4 5.
This trip combines hiking with an immersion into the unique geology of this fascinating area - there is no better way to understand the different geologic processes that formed each Park than to explore them on foot. Because we offer choices of hikes each day, it is an excellent trip for novice and intermediate hikers who like hikes of intermediate or shorter length. The town of Moab at the end of the trip is an ideal spot for those who like to browse shops or bookstores, or sample excellent coffee and local beer and wine.
We stay at a variety of accommodations on this trip, starting with one night at a Las Vegas hotel. We then stay at lodges that are located right inside the parks, one night at Zion Park Lodge and two nights at Bryce Canyon Lodge, a very short walk from the rim. Then there is one night at a motel in Hanksville, before finishing the trip with two nights in Moab in beautiful new condos, each with three bedrooms and a private hot tub. One bedroom has a private bathroom and the other two (one bedroom has a queen, the other has twins) share a bathroom. Women who have paid for a single get the mistress bedroom and otherwise the rooms are assigned randomly.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
I believe I could have been challenged more and will look at trips that can push me to the next level.
It was over my expectations! I would like to do it again!
Lived up to and exceeded.
Well organized, great guides and beautiful National Parks! Great hikes!
It far exceeded my expectations.
The beauty of the national parks in Utah was just amazing. I also enjoyed the slot canyon hike as it was so different than anything I have done before. Great guides and the camaraderie of the women on the trip was a bonus.
Just my second trip with AGC, both they've both been fantastic.
It actually went beyond my expectations. I was not expecting Utah to be so beautiful. And best hiking ever!
Exceeded my expectations
The group of women in our tour were amazing. The guides were great and took care of everything. The park hikes and scenery were perfect.
Having never been on an AGC trip, I really had no expectations. This surpassed any expectations I may have had.
Great group of women with a lot of laughs. Guides Karen and Lainie were fun, great cooks and guided us on some of the best hikes.
This was a phenomenal trip. I expected to enjoy myself but never expected to have as much fun as I did. The guides were great, and all the women meshed as if we had known each other for years. I also appreciated the patience the guides had with me on the trails, as I was mainly in the back. I feel a great sense of accomplishment. Thank you to all those on the trip, and especially to Lainie and Karen. I can't imagine any better guides.
This trip exceeded my expectations exponentially! Everyone meshed so well. The guides were excellent, encouraging, helpful and fun. The beautiful sights at each of the parks were a wonderful surprise.
It was a fantastic trip. I saw many sights that I would never have been able to visit on my own.
I really enjoyed meeting the other women on the trip and especially appreciated our very informative guide, Lisa. The beauty of the area was awesome.
The guides were awesome and accommodated every persons wish. The daily hiking wild hose slot canyon was the best. The hotel at Zion was beautiful. Another big plus was the ability to order off the menu.
I have never traveled with a tour group before, so the rigid schedule and jam packed schedule was a bit too much for my personal tastes. I'd have preferred cutting out one of the parks and doing a little less each day, leaving time for reading, meditating or just being alone.
Wow!!! Fabulous trip!! Fabulous guides!! Each park was at least as awesome as the one the day before. Very well organized. The guides made everything so easy and relaxing and fun!!
Scenery, hikes, leaders, organization of the trip, flexibility of leaders, pre-trip information, food, accommodations. Chris took me on the Peek a Boo hike in Bryce Canyon when I was the only hiker. Having two guides offered some flexibility regarding options for hikes and other activities. For example, Chris took some of us in one van to an area for more hiking, while the others returned to the condo in Moab. I like the idea of changing up roommates. Lots of stops for the bathroom.
The Parks and hikes were a highlight. The leaders were excellent. The accommodations were generally quite nice. And the group was surprisingly pleasant and compatible!